Anytime Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes: Three Ideas

It’s no secret that Sweet Potatoes offer a variety of nutrients such as Vitamin A, and a great deal of fiber.Click here for best cooking directions.

Eating Whole Food Plant Based, it’s important to find a variety of exciting ways to prepare foods such a sweet potatoes. I’ve put them with black beans in veggie burgers, on pizza along with bits of beets. Delicious. I’ve eaten them the old fashion way, baked with some cinnamon on them.

I was ready for some new ideas for easy preparation and twists in the taste.

Right now Sweet Potatoes are the Sweethearts of the supermarket, with places such as my own local Aldi selling bags of  fresh sweet potatoes for 99 cents a bag no better time to indulge.  Trader Joes, Whole Foods and many other grocery store chains are selling more varieties of frozen and fresh sweet potato products, everything from frozen puffs,  sweet potato fries, multi colored cubes, soups, sweet potato noodles both thin and windy and wide and flat, spaghetti sauces, easy to microwave, fresh, organic and canned of course. Even more reason to experiment.

So I purchased one bag of fresh cubed sweet potatoes from Trader Joes to see what I could do with it.

As a child I taught myself to cook through 4-H and a simple Better Homes and Gardens Children’s Cookbook. That cookbook included a recipe for orange juice marinated sweet potatoes that included brown sugar and it was syrupy and overly sweet. So I decided to give it a healthy make over.

I had a bottle of organic 100% pure carrot-orange juice I wanted to use. I had plenty of cinnamon on hand as well as organic ginger, light agave nectar, turmeric and so on to play with. Cranked out three ideas and I am more than pleased with the outcome.

 

Step One: Using a large skillet or wok, place the full contents of the Trader Joes Fresh Sweet Potato Cubes in the skillet or wok.  Add two cups carrot orange juice, cinnamon and ginger to taste, and if desired 2 TBL light agave nectar. Stirring frequently over medium heat, let the liquid reduce to a sauce and the cubes partially cook.

Sweet Potato cubed first step

 

Step Two: Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper or allow the smallest amount of fat based product such as Miyoko’s Kitchen Vegan Butter to grease the dish (you should never do this on a regular basis. It’s not healthy for your arteries). Pour the cubes and reduced sauce in the dish.

 

Step Three:  If desired sprinkle cinnamon on the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Potatoes should be cooked thoroughly without being overly mushy. Each cube should keep it’s shape but be cooked through.

Idea One: A Lovely Side Dish

Sweet Potato served as side

 

Idea Two: Add New Dimension And Increase Nutrition to Chili. Sweet And Savory Chili. 

Low Sodium Tomato Juice base,  dried black beans cooked per directions on bag, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, low sodium chili powder, turmeric, half a bottle of 100% pure organic carrot orange juice.

sweet potato servied in chili

 

Idea Three: Pureed w/ a half cup of carrot orange juice,  a cup of non sweetened high protein nut milk, turmeric and garnish.

sweet potato served pureed with protein milk

 

Sweet is more sweet with the drama of some spice

11% Of Women Have “Big” Issues And Counting Calories Has Zero Impact.

In the past I’ve shared what the loss of weight through a plant-based diet has meant for my physical size. What I want to show you today is how such eating impacts the obvious issues associated with lipedema and Dercum’s disease.

It’s estimated that 11% of women have lipedema (estrogen plays a role so it is mainly women who suffer from this). Dercum’s Disease is very rare, but it is impacted by the ongoing swelling of lipedema. Both of these disorders puts considerable swelling and large amounts of non-calorie based weight on people. For someone with Dercum’s Disease it gets dicey because there are so few treatments and so patients end up trying whatever is suggested by the few doctors who work with dercum’s disease.

Before going to a plant-based whole food diet with no added sugars or oils that is low glycemic index, I use to put on 10-14 pounds in a day from lymphatic fluid swelling all parts of my body especially if I over-extended myself. By next morning it may or may not be back to where it was.  Since starting the whole foods plant-based diet, a few months ago, unless there are other health issues going on, I put on only 4 pounds in a day. By next day it usually has gone away. I’ve lost 62 of those disorder related pounds in a few months.

Below, the unfortunate hairstyle in the first two photos is compliments of the wig I was forced to wear in the months following an unfortunate treatment for Dercum’s Disease. My hair started to fall out in chunks.An infusion of ketamine that took a couple of days time in an ICU unit to administer.  Only in the name of helping others do I share those photos. LOL.

Please note that the first photo was taken in the morning. The second photo was taken later that day at a family gathering. Notice how swollen I am in the second photo especially. Even the wig is being stretched beyond it’s capacity.

 

 

Now see the last two photos taken just after 4 months of plant-based eating. The third photo   was taken early that morning.  The last photo is of me later in the day. The swelling is easy to spot. but it’ not as prominent as the level of swelling that happened in the second photo.

Not bad or a 55 year old woman who literally just wants to be comfortable in her skin.

I just did away with animal products and kept it low fat, low glycemic index. No processed foods. I eat a bigger variety of foods now than I did when I ate animal products. Influenced by Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T Colin Campbell, and their extensive research spanning decades, I quickly found success. Anyone can go to the library and find their books or look their work up online.

With 11% of women suffering from lipedema, yet few doctors having studied it,  many are desperate to find a way to curb the impact of this frustrating disorder.  They go through painful expensive surgeries where the problem eventually comes back.  They try all sorts of treatments such as horrendously expensive lymphatic presses that take a great deal of time to work with daily, and expensive compression garments that cover their bodies that have to be worn year around including in the hottest of summers.

Dercum’s Disease has been too painful for me to continue with those standard treatments. And as the bad wig photos demonstrate, the experimental treatments suggested by the doctors were a bust.

This style of plant-based eating while it obviously hasn’t kept me completely from being in pain or swelling up, it has been overall a successful treatment in curbing the effects of lipedema and such.  It is without a doubt the best arsenal I have ever had against the common but oddball lipedema. That puts less pressure on the effects of the Dercum’s disease.

Oh yea, and it reversed my diabetes and normalized my blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Care Nutrition In The World Of Chronic Illness

 

In our household. we take care of eachother. Doesn’t matter who the caregiver or the one needing taken care of is. We look out for eachother. Hey we are a family of adults making it work!

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Anyone with a severe chronic illness or the caregiver of someone who is chronically ill, knows that self care is both a must and many times the hardest to provide oneself.

There isn’t anything more basic in self-care than good solid nutrition. The less hassle the better too. The less hassle. the more likely it’s going to happen. The less hassle, the kinder you are being towards whoever is responsible for making it happen.

When dealing with chronic illness, it can be our biggest weapon to ease our suffering and even in some cases reverse the chronic Illness. Good nutrition can help slow down some chronic condition’s advancement and prevent new ones from taking hold.  It can allow our medications a chance to work better, or if lucky, it can replace the need for prescription medications all together.

Living off store bought frozen entrees with less than healthy ingredients like high sodium, animal products and non whole foods, for me would never help. Fast food will make most people’s health more complicated. So the sooner any of us in these sorts of shoes can figure this out for ourselves, the better.

With Dercum’s Disease, Fibromyalgia,and Lymphedema, Lipedema and Diabetes and low grade start to coronary disease, it has come down to me to figure this out. How to eat to not make things worse. What can be healthy to eat, inexpensive, and easy enough to prepare that my husband can manage along with all his other responsibilities. If it can be easy enough for me on a good day to prepare and toss individual servings in the freezer, that’s great too.

This week I am recovering from the Plant-Based Nutrition Summit last Saturday, and one grocery run on Monday. (Dercum’s Disease is like that, overdo it and you are down for the count. It doesn’t take much). Even a motorized scooter couldn’t save me from being a pain filled zombie on Sunday, part of Monday, and  bed bound on Sunday and part of Tuesday and all day Wednesday through Thursday morning.

Yet unlike the past when this would start to happen, I’m not eating greasy cheeseburgers my husband is bringing home, or processed foods on white bread, or even sodium filled frozen entrees. We aren’t going broke from food either.

Now that we are established in a plant-based diet as a household, we have kept it easy to manage and afford.

The easy sandwich/pesto recipe:

Aldi sells frozen peas 79 cents a bag. Trader Joe sells Miyoko Vegan Crème cheese $5.50 a container. Broccoli is cheap everywhere fresh or riced.

in a freezer bag, we combine frozen peas and riced broccoli (or riced cauliflower). Keep it in the freezer.  Defrost half per batch you are making. Place in food processor or high power blender, can be somewhat lumpy. In a bowl, stir in garlic, onion chopped or onion powder, some crushed red pepper if desired, and 2 Tbl of either Miyoko Vegan Cream cheese or no-oil hummus.

It will keep for a few days in the fridge and makes a great sandwich spread, or on whole grain toast in the morning for breakfast. Very good as a type of stir in for whole grain pasta. You can add basil and oregano and lime juice to liven it up. Put cucumbers on top of it or tomato.  Add some shredded carrot to it.

Or forget the grain pasta and use a peeler or veggie noodle maker and stir it into veggie noodles for a 100% vegetable dish.

Pea Broccoli Spread
Broccoli-Pea Salad on No Wheat Rye
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Broccoli-Pea Pesto using same sandwich spread but adding basil and oregano plus a splash of lime

 

You Can’t Go Wrong With A Great Salad

Never underestimate the power of a good salad. Never over estimate how much it cost to eat salad. These days even Aldi can keep you fresh organic greens and other produce for very little money.

I try to follow the daily dozen  rules of Dr. Michael Greger to keep my nutrition well rounded. Gone are the days of ice berg lettuce being sufficient. Now it’s 2 servings of greens a day along with a serving of cruciferous vegetables and two serving of “other vegetables” that are low glycemic index. Also I need to get two servings of fruit and a serving of berries. In addition to all that, three servings of beans/peas and three whole grain servings. One serving of seeds and nuts and I’m also suppose to have flax seeds once a day.

If I know I’m going to be down for the count in bed for several days possibly, I direct my husband or try to plan myself to throw together salads that will incorporate a little of everything to make a salad. Dark greens, riced cruciferous veggies of some type, brown rice or barley,  well rinsed and drained black beans, sliced cucumbers and shredded carrots.  I’ll put fresh fruit around the sides such as something easy to rinse and use like fresh blueberries and easy to peel like orange sections. Then just some lemon or lime juice.

Black Bean Burgers Too

The sandwich spread mentioned above and one or two varieties of salads that are kept on hand and prepared, can keep well rounded nutrition within easy reach. I also keep black bean burgers in the freezer that we make. There are many recipes online and in plant-based cook books. Here is one of my favorites

 

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From Scratch Black Bean Burgers

 

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Roasted Cauliflower: Yum

Roast a head of cauliflower in the oven and slice it when it’s cooled. Very easy to keep for a few days and eat from as needed. It freezes well too.

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Skip the boiling or steaming. Just dry rub it with your favorite seasonings, bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. You will have a very slight satisfying crunch. Frozen riced cauliflower or broccoli is an easy alternative too. Let it defrost on top of  salad in the fridge.  Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

No Cook Over Night Oats

Overnight Oats are wonderful too. I’m not talking about the Overnight Oats you see on the grocery shelves. This is like a breakfast oatmeal and fruit custard without eggs though. No cooking involved either. You can find the recipe online by looking it up, but basically, it’s one part old fashioned oats and two parts non dairy milk of your choice, and a tablespoon or two of chia seeds stirred in. Oh and also you can put in the fruit of your choice, any amount you want.

I like using a one cup storage container to make it in and eat it from to keep the portions reasonable. I use berries, but apple slices are good too with some cinnamon mixed in. I tend to use more fruit than oats. So the oats and non dairy milk are a sideline, but that is just my preference. The chia seeds make a gel that helps to solidify the entire dish into pudding sort of combo, if you will.

The gelling process happens as it sits airtight/covered in the fridge overnight. When you get up, it’s ready to eat.

You can make a few of these overnight oats up at one time and eat off of them for a few days for breakfast. Adding nuts or sliced banana is good too.

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Nothing wrong with some herbal tea, but you will find that eating this way will replace your need for caffeinated coffee.  Your mind may become better focused and you will know you are doing all you can for yourself and those you care about.

Well nourished people are healthier and more content in life. Take care of eachother and help it happen.

Why do I eat a plant-based diet?

 

 

 

 

 

62 lbs Finally Gone. Spreading Awareness Goes Both Ways

So how goes it in your life? Did you have a good weekend?

Saturday, I got out of bed with one set of measurements, and came home later that day with a larger body. No I didn’t don a fat suit at the end of the day. It’s just another day in the life of someone with Dercum’s Disease, Lipedema and Lymphedema. Before taking on a Whole Food-Plant-Based Diet it use to be far worse. No complaints from me. In the end I still reached the lost 62 pounds mark.

I don’t get out much. Swelling up that bad is the price to pay for just walking out my front door to do literally anything. It’s painful. Saturday I was just too enthralled with the line up at our local Plant-Based Nutrition Summit to not attend the all day event. I would get around by way of motorized mobility scooter and figured if it got bad, I would leave early.

The St. Louis Plant-Based Nutrition Summit held at Washington University on Saturday, July 14th, 2018 was sold out and a very happening event. This was no small venue, it was huge with people coming from all over the place to hear some of the brightest and most revered minds in nutritional, science. I saw it as a chance to not only learn but to also share with others when appropriate, about the oddball disorders lipedema, Dercum’s Disease and Lymphedema.

All three disorders can add non-calorie based weight gain. Lipedema, 11% of women have it and it makes them look bottom heavy and the weight just can’t be lost easily through traditional dieting. Dercum’s Disease Disorder is also stubborn when it comes to losing weight. Additionally, Dercum’s Disease is associated with a long list of other health issues that can shorten your life. Things such as diabetes and cardiac issues.  Because it’s so rare, most doctors know very little, if anything about it. Yet Diabetes and Heart Disease would be explored at the Summit. So I brought some awareness business cards with me and my before and after losing 50 pounds shots, and a one sheet explanation.

So I figured while I got a couple books signed, I would thank the doctors and  slide to them some information on it all regarding the disorders themselves and how in my case the positive impact this way of eating has had.

Well I later swelled up big because of the disorders. The pain got worse and the lumps (Dercum’s Tumors) got big enough to be seen from a few feet away..

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Early in the morning and minimal swelling from not getting much sleep, but not bad.
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Please note that I used a filter to show more contrast so you see what my body was going through. Later that day, overdoing it brought out the start of massive swelling in my neck, and in my arms. Also notate where in my arms I look lumpy. Those are Dercum’s Disease tumors. My stomach started to swell up as well as my hips and legs. Lipedema rears it’s head. . I didn’t look or feel like this that morning.

As much as I wanted and needed to go home and get to bed I chose to stay. These doctors may not have heard of some of these disorders. If they had heard of any of them, they may not know that Whole Food Plant Based eating did the unimaginable, it helped some of my symptoms that I was told to give up on.

So I stuck it out on my mobility scooter and was first person in line for the book signing. The book signing was at the very end of the day.

Dr. Michael Greger was pleasant from start to finish, as was Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. I shared with them the information I brought with me.

Dr. Greger also made the point of saying that it was important for me to make sure those similar to myself know that eating like this has in my case, had a positive impact on some of the symptoms.

 

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You see Dr. Greger reviewing the information I provided them.
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Dr. Greger’s inscription after hearing of my success treating lipedema, Dercum’s disease using a Whole Food Plant-Based Low Fat Diet.

I went home and got in bed and stayed in bed through all day Sunday. My husband was fantastic serving me food in bed.  Roasted brussel sprouts and brown rice with watermelon were delicious!

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My body slowly on Sunday deflated. I stepped on the scale and since a week ago, another 8 pounds lost. 62 pounds gone now. 40 more to go.

It’s been a great weekend. I highly recommend all books written and any public appearances made by Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.  If there is a documentary they are in, watch it.

The Inexpensive Delicious Foods That Took Off 50 lbs In 3 Months!

 

 

 

In the beginning of this chaper of my life, being diabetic, and with high cholesterol, high blood pressure,  fibromyalgia, Dercum’s disease, lipedema and lymphedema, I focused on general health and knew I had no desire for animal products. I was physically ill from them. Couldn’t even stand the smell of them. (thanks KETO).

In prior posts you can read more about my story, but the point today is that I want to share how inexpensive easy it is to eat this way.  I don’t feel like I’m giving up anything, as a matter of fact.

I’m excited about the food I eat for the first time in many years. It always looks colorful and fun. It tastes great. I don’t worry about what it’s going to do to me because I always know that my body is being nourished.  Let me tell you, a pound of dried peas or dried black beans, which I frequently use as protein sources, can be used in many ways and are significantly more cost efficient than the cheapest animal protein. Nutritionally they are superior to meat.

Yes, the stores do sell “vegan” products that replace meat, but look closely at the expense and the nutrition label.  Many of them have oils and fats that are not healthy. They are fine for every once and awhile, or in the beginning when you transition off meat, but your health and waistline can do without them.

Simple For Those Just Starting : THE VEGGIE OR BEAN BURGER

If you can spare a little time to make your own bean or pea burgers and toss them in the freezer, you will be set for tasty healthy “fast” food any time.

 

What you can do with homemade veggie or black bean burger ideas.

-You can add odds and ends of vegetables to your homemade veggie or bean burgers and enjoy it on rye (no wheat products please)  or a bed of greens and or brown rice/riced vegetables with your favorite topping: salsa, no oil-hummus, or  spiced orange sections.

-Crumble the burger and put it on a sprouted spelt tortilla with greens and diced tomatoes.

-Crumble the burger and make it a pizza topping.

-Sautee in water some mushrooms and chopped onion and smother a homemade veggie/bean burger with the mixture. Serve it with brown rice and some vegetables.

-Spice up part of the mixture to make a great sausage substitute. Make some egg-free buckwheat pancakes and serve them with berries with chia fruit spread and a side of a spicy black bean patty.

My husband is great in the kitchen and that is wonderful in my case because many times I am unable to cook due to disabilities. (Another reason we batch cook and put it in all the in freezer).  We keep it simple by keeping a good supply of both canned  beans and bags of dried black beans, salsa, egg replacement, and different non wheat flours such as oat, almond, garbanzo bean and so on.

We invested in a vitamix but a potato masher works too. You mash the beans and some salsa, egg alternative, seasoning and enough non-wheat flour to create  a soft meatloaf- like texture. 3-4 inch width and 1- 1.5 inch thick patties.  Allow them sit covered,  in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.

Bake on parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet for 25 minutes (flipping once half way through) at 375 degrees.  OR use a Gorge Foreman Grill and grill for four minutes. With either method, remove them from their cooking surface and allow them to sit for five minutes before serving or storing in freezer.

Sometimes we just toss some legumes on a salads and call it a day.

HAVE NUTRIENT RICH GREENS, SALAD VEGETABLES AND FRUIT READY TO EAT

I always have on hand:

-bags of  greens including romaine, butter lettuce, baby kale, chard, and spinach.

-fresh oranges and lemon juice

– fresh carrots, cucumbers

-Frosen produce including: peas, riced vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, berries.

There is always a storage container or two of already made salads (no dressing ever. Just lemon juice on them). Sometimes we mix with the greens, low sodium seasonings such as garlic powder,  crushed red pepper and even some orange slices and or berries.

The right plant-based foods that taste good and is easily accessible for people as they come and go, or if as in my case, when they can’t always cook for themselves, is the way to go.

Where do you get guidelines for the style of plant-based eating that has benefitted so much? Each resource has their own take on this style of eating. There is a great deal they are in agreement with. Much depends on your own health profile as to how to lean your diet.

 

Books and materials written by Dr. Neal Barnard from The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Caldwell B Esselstyn’s research and book

The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell

Forks Over Knives documentary and books

Dr. Greger and his daily dozen check list

If you are in St. Louis over July 14th 2018, you can hear some of these fine medical professionals give presentations at the St. Louis Plant-Based Nutrition Summit being held at Washington University.Click here for details  

STL Plant Based SummitNothing on this or any of my blog pages should be considered a substitute for working with your own medical team for your health care. Get your labs done periodically and make sure that you talk to your doctor about  taking a recommended level of B-12 and Vitamin D.

I don’t make a dime off of this website or from anything mentioned in my blog. Just happy I found what works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Not KETO: Declare Your Independence From Unhealthy Foods!

In 4 months time between these photos. It took less than 3 months to lose the weight.

Life At The Speed Of Beans and Greens!

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Wishing You Each a fantastic 4th of July ! Declare your own personal independence from food that is unhealthy. Make sure you eat vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes! You would be amazed!

Will you be in St. Louis, MIssouri   July 14th, 2018?  Register for this  and learn how to change your life!  (Note, neither I nor anyone in my family affiliated with this event or it’s organizers and speakers. Make sure you work with your doctor in determining what is best for your health. I spread the word because for me, it’s been wonderful)                            STL Plant Based Summit

“Real McCoys” Saving Lives: Headline St. Louis, Missouri Summit

I’m partial to the “Real McCoys” in life. How about you?

The internet and entertainment industry have created many, many quasi-experts on everything from diet to business to life-focus and beyond.

Well, I am so impressed that the organizer for The St. Louis Plant-Based Nutrition Summit is pulling in some of the top “Real McCoys” of nutritional science.  We have a legend from The Cleveland Clinic, The Director of The Barnard Medical Center in Washington D.C. and part of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  some of these folks have been featured in well respected documentaries such as Forks Over Knives. and others. Every one of them highly respected in their field.

Check out this flier. Get the information on these folks and register for this event. Extremely impressive.  It’s on Saturday, July 14th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Washington University campus. St. Louis Veg Girl has outdone herself in putting this together.

It’s the highlight of my summer to be attending. Some of their work and words have, in just three months time,  improved the quality of my life and likely considerably extended it.

STL Plant Based Summit

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I am still on my journey, but look what I did with just whole, low glycemic plant-based no oil foods. Between the weight loss and the minimizing of inflammation, it’s been beyond amazing. Knowledge Is Power. I know I look forward to learning more at the July 14th, 2018 St. Louis Plant-Based Nutrition Summit.

  • No Money was exchanged in my publishing this write-up or any write-up in my blog.  I am not, nor is anyone in my family, associated professionally or related to anyone affiliated with the St. Louis Nutritional Plant-Based Summit.
  • Make sure you get regular labs and discuss your nutrition and medications with your physician. It’s not unusual for people  to need their medication levels adjusted in a positive direction when they are when eating like this.

Stop Eating Animal Products: The Power Of The Right Foods

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Three month’s time is all it took. At age 55 and morbidly obese and unhappy with how I looked and felt, I couldn’t be happier about where I am now. It’s been easy.

I’m no where close to ending my weight loss journey, but it’s nice to have this level of visible success in a short time. It’s even better to get back lab results that show a 57% drop in my LDL Cholesterol, a normalization of blood sugars and blood pressure.

No doctor told me to remove meat, cheese and eggs from my diet. My body literally refused it all. So I educated myself and have made sure that I still eat foods that my body needs each day. Dr. Neal Barnard of The Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne of The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Michael Greger and his Daily Dozen as well as the documentaries Forks Over Knives and What The Health have had great influence.

The combination of Lipedema, Lymphedema and Dercum’s Disease keeps my body misshaped and lumpy. So I am not seeking the perfect body.  I just want to coexist with the body I have and tread upon it as little as possible.

It’s amazing that not one of my doctors ever suggested directly to me that a plant-based diet is the way to go. Yet, when they saw the results they each have said to me that this way of eating is how everyone should be eating.

I think perhaps that eating meat, cheese and eggs is so engrained in many of us from childhood onward as the center of our nutritional universe. Maybe the doctors are afraid to be so open about their views about plant-based eating.

Take a good look at the side by side photos. There is considerable physical and mental misery of being that larger woman on the right where animal products contributed terribly to inflammation in my body as well as added pounds. Having Primary lipedema and lymphedema as well as Dercum’s Disease and Fibromyalgia, the last thing I needed was all that inflammation and the increased risks associated with being morbidly obese.

So I’m putting it out there. Don’t be afraid to explore how to have a balanced diet without animal products. Doctors are wonderful but sometimes people need to take charge of their health. My labs and the photo shared here, shows that indeed it is healthier to eat a specific kind of plant-based diet.

Your doctor may not lead, but don’t let that hold you back on trying. Get your labs done every few months to make sure your body is handling it ok and get some input from your doctor how such changes could impact how your medications work with your body. You may find you need less of them.

If you are in St. Louis, MO July 14th, 2018 consider attending this summit. What caught my attention is that the doctors presenting are top experts in what has saved me life.

STL Plant Based Summit

 

 

 

“Plant-Based Diet Took Off 50 lbs in 3 Months”

Today I realized I lost 50 pounds in under 3 months. No fasting, no surgeries, no gimmicks.  No starving either. My past blog posts explains how I did it what it accomplished for my health.

But for now, here are some photos. First photo is 50 pounds down taken 6/26/18 and the second photo is me on or about April 7th, 2018.

About the 50 pounds heavier photo..Other people lose weight after the flu, not me. I ended up in the hospital and because of my fat disorders, I gained ten pounds that week even with not eating and nothing staying down.  (that’s what lipedema, Dercum’s and lymphedema does).

So the first photo on the left here is a big deal. To lose weight, any weight and without much exercise since I am disabled, is a big deal.  50 pounds down for the gal who can go without eating and still gain weight.

 

 

I am so grateful to Forks Over Knives, and the researchers who appeared in the documentary. Their combined research and writings have changed my life. 

Forks Over Knives is a Documentary you can catch on Netflix. They also have books out and you can look them up on their website. Make sure to catch the documentary or the books. There are more resources contained in them.

RSTL Plant Based Summit

So wonderfully excited to be attending the St. Louis, Missouri Summit.  It’s quite a bargain. Not familiar with experts listed? Look them up! You see why this is going to be fabulous.  I will be in the audience soaking in all the info I can get!

Get more information and register at this website

Here is to my reaching my goal of another 40-50 pounds.  Here is to you being kind to yourself and your dreams coming true. Here is to healthy. 

Weight Politics: What Is Your Weight Party?

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So what is your Weight Party? You know, instead of Political Party, what is your Weight Political Party? You never heard of such a thing? Well in my corner of the world it’s all around me. I’m in a position where I am seeing people’s reaction to an almost 40 lb weight loss. The sociologist in me finds it fascinating and perplexing. As someone who is living it, it’s mildly annoying but I know it is what it is.  It may not be formally named or recognized but as sure as Trump is in the White House, the politics around people’s weight exists.

Think of it like this:

Are you a Weight Conservative? A weight conservative is someone who lives in a very black and white world. Thin is the only acceptable weight anyone could be. All else is repulsive and those who appear obese are to be shamed, shunned, and judged. And the only weight lost worth commending someone for, is when all the weight is loss. You feel entitled to look down on anyone larger than  a size 8. For you the only way people get large is through self indulgence and laziness.

Perhaps you are a Weight Liberal.  You believe in the dignity of all humans and people who lose weight are just serving the expectations of the weight elite. You feel before and after photos are degrading to the human spirit.  People who lose weight should not be celebrating their weight loss on Facebook or publically anywhere.  Why? It might be offensive to those who have been traumatized by people expecting them to lose weight when they have disorders where they can’t lose weight easily.  You have lots of compassion which is very welcomed in this world, but at times you can be more enabling then empowering. You value people for who they are though, and that is fabulous.

I myself am a Weight Libertarian Independent. That means that I think each person should do what they think is best for them. I don’t know other people’s story, but each person knows their own.  It’s ok to be happy at whatever stage of life and at any weight.

People are not their weights, but the fact is that if possible, it’s better for your health to eat to be healthy regardless of it impacts your weight or not. I understand weight is on people for different reasons. Some it’s calorie based, sometimes it’s disorder based such as lipedema, lymphedema and Dercum’s Disease. Sometimes its PCOS or thyroid related.  Sometimes it’s a combination of more than one issue.

I believe in liberty for everyone to deal with their own situation their own way and without shame. There is no judgement. Feel good about yourself and celebrate your life. It’s not about the approval of others, it’s about you allowing yourself to feel good in your own skin.

 

With my health conditions I can appear more slender and 20 lbs heavier in the same day.

 

Cindy 50 pounds gone
06/26/18

 

I actually was told in a Fat disorders Facebook group that posting my before and after photos was triggering to some members. Triggering was happening because it reminded them of being told to lose weight. For them that was scarring. I felt terrible knowing that, but I’m proud of my weight loss. I am healthier because of it. I have 3 fat disorders that do make it hard to lose the weight so I’m ok if I’m never thin.  I though, I wonder if it has occurred to them that sometimes people do benefit from sharing information on what works when you have a fat disorder.

It’s all worth mentioning because it just goes to show the amount of damage done by society’s expectations and views regarding weight loss. For now I seem to not be slim enough to be acceptable to the Weight Conservatives.  I’m an offense to some of the Weight Liberals because I found a way to work with my fat disorders and I’ve lost close to 40 lbs in 10 weeks. I’m sorry that it reminds them of doctors and people being merciless to them in judging them for their weight. They needn’t worry though, the fat disorders are forever with me and likely will keep me pudgy to some level the rest of my life. So they can take comfort in that. I’m forever one of them.

Yes I still want to lose more. I know that is going to offend some of my fat disorder peers. I’m sorry they feel that way. A year ago I was told by a doctor there was little hope with the fat disorders being involved, and yet here I am down 40 lbs. Of course I’m happy about it. No one is going to stop me from being happy about it.

In summation, I want to say that people are not their weights. Health is important, but weight sometimes can’t be helped. I don’t know how to break this to the fats disorder community, but some with fat disorders let food be our comfort because of the weight and pain we can’t control. It’s time that where that is the case, to own up to it without judgement or self loathing.  You certainly can have both fat disorders and typically gained weight to deal with.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of. This world needs each and every one of us. Take good care of yourself even if your efforts never make you as thin as the rest of the world would want. The quality of your life and your life itself depends on it.